GoodSmith Gregg & Unruh LLP
A Chicago-Based Boutique Law Firm Specializing in Business Controversies and Transactions



T: (312) 322-1961
F: (312) 322-0056

The University of Chicago Law School
J.D., with high honors, 1993

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, 1988

Practice Areas

Commercial Transactions
Joint Ventures
Real Estate

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Kenneth D. Crews is a 1988 summa cum laude graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma. He received his law degree, with high honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the law review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Ken has practiced in a wide range of transactional areas, including commercial real estate matters, acquisition and disposition of businesses, joint ventures and secured and unsecured financing. He was a partner at Latham & Watkins from 2001 through August 2002 and served as co-chair of the Chicago office’s Finance and Real Estate Department for the same period.

Representative Transactions

  • Syndicated and unsyndicated construction loans to real estate developers for development of office, industrial and multi-family residential properties (counsel to lender/agent)
  • Mezzanine financing for development of limited service hotel properties (counsel to borrower)
  • Refinancing of portfolio of 10 limited service hotel properties (counsel to borrower)
  • Construction financing for approximately 50 limited service hotel properties (counsel to borrower)
  • Multiple financings secured by 100+ store properties of national retail chain (counsel to lender)
  • Unsecured syndicated credit facilities to office and manufactured home REITs (counsel to administrative agent)
  • Secured syndicated credit facilities to Chicago regional supermarket chain (counsel to borrower)
  • Project financing for Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport electric generating and heating/cooling water production facility
  • Credit support letter of credit arrangements for flue gas desulfurization facility (counsel to lender)
Business Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Sale of entire Florida nursing home operations by owner/operator (52 facilities)
  • Sales of portfolios of service stations/convenience stores
  • Auction of approximately 600 service stations/convenience stores in Chapter 11 liquidation (counsel to seller)
  • Sales of various portfolios of nursing home properties
  • Acquisition of Chicago supermarket chain
  • Acquisitions of institutional pharmacy businesses and physical therapy clinics
Other Real Estate
  • Sale/leasebacks of limited service hotel properties
  • Office/retail lease and sublease transactions
  • Various acquisitions and dispositions of real property
Joint Ventures
  • Limited liability company operating agreement and related financing arrangements for development and operation of 8 limited service hotel properties
  • Limited liability company operating agreement and related management and financing arrangements for Riverpoint Shopping Center in Chicago
  • Buy-out of limited partnership interests and related financing relating to Evergreen Plaza Shopping Mall in Chicago (counsel to purchasers)
  • Limited liability company operating agreement and related licensing arrangements for operation of healthcare-related businesses